Officer identified in St. Paul shooting

Knife-wielding man shot by police

WCCO Radio Newsroom
September 18, 2019 - 5:11 am

A St. Paul police officer who shot and killed a knife-wielding man Sunday night in the city's Midway neighborhood has been identified.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Tuesday night said Officer Steven Mattson shot and killed 31-year-old Ronald Davis of Little Canada shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday. Mattson's been with St. Paul police for less than a year.

Related: One dead in officer-involved shooting in St. Paul

Mattson was on patrol and stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Thomas Avenue West and Griggs Street. That's when Davis's vehicle rear-ended Mattson's patrol car. As both men exited their vehicles, Davis confronted Mattson with a knife and ignored several repeated commands to drop the knife.

Mattson fired his weapon, striking Davis, who died at the scene after responding officers and St. Paul Fire Department personnel attempted lifesaving measures.

BCA crime scene personnel recovered a knife from next to Davis’ body. Their investigation of the incident remains open.

Mattson was not injured and is on standard adminstrative leave.

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